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February 6, 2012

Outdoors Insider, with Dale Sunderlin: In search of... song dogs

With deer season coming to an end what are you going to do over the next few months until spring turkey season arrives?

You can plan your food plots; try some shed hunting in another couple weeks, watch the Outdoor Channel and jones over the big bucks those folks harvest or why not try Song Dog (coyote) hunting.

Just the basics

Coyote hunting is quickly becoming a popular pastime for hunters all across North America largely due to the sheer excitement it has to offer. There are few things that can get your adrenaline flowing faster than seeing a coyote rapidly closing on your position in response to the desperate pleas of a distress call.

The goal here is to provide you with some basic strategies that can quickly get you up to speed on the basics of coyote calling, and help you experience the joy of calling coyotes. Now don’t get me wrong, I’m by far no expert at yote hunting.

In fact, I’m as green as they come, but I’ve talked with enough guys who do know what they’re doing to pass on their information to you.

Scouting is No. 1

The first and most important item that is crucial to your success at calling coyotes is scouting. It is a simple fact that you can’t call a coyote if there isn’t one there to be called. When you’re out in the field scouting, look for scat and coyote tracks that will indicate coyotes are in the area.

Also, take notes on where you repeatedly see coyotes, as these will be areas that you will want to target with your calling. Landowners are great resources to give you hints on where they are seeing coyotes on their land and where they feel would be good places to call.

Look for areas that have a high concentration of the coyote’s prey, such as rabbits, prairie dogs, deer, and mice. If you seek out these types of areas, you’re sure to find coyotes.

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